Paul Revere (1734- 1818), the Revolutionary War patriot, was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1860 poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” with the famous opening lines: “Listen, my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.” We know him as a revolutionary war hero, but Paul Revere was also an artisan, entrepreneur, master networker, and inventor. Drawing on the American Antiquarian Society’s (AAS) unparalleled collection, and as well as loans for other collections, Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere reveals the man behind the legend- bringing to life his creative spirit, tremendous capacity to adapt to changing times, and his lasting impact on the social, economic, and political life in America. Organized by the American Antiquarian Society, the exhibition opened at the New York Historical Society this past fall and is now jointly presented at Concord Museum and the Worcester Art Museum.
Beyond Midnight features objects connected to the events of 1775 including – and especially- the Concord Museum’s famed lantern ordered hung as a signal by Revere himself. Additional highlights of the exhibition in Concord include the 1922 painting, Paul Revere, by renowned American artist N.C. Wyeth; a printers manuscript of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride”; the 1775 deposition of Paul Revere; a manuscript transcription of Emerson’s “Concord Hymn”; and an impressive silver tea service made by Revere.
Concurrently presented at the Concord Museum and the Worcester Art Museum, Beyond Midnight is structured around four themes. Two of the four themes are presented principally at the Concord Museum: “Revolutionary Revere” and “Revere the Legend”. The other two themes, “Revere the Maker” and “Revere’s Network”, are explored primarily at the Worcester Art Museum.
To see the full exhibition- and learn the full story of this legendary American patriot- visitors are encouraged to visit both museums. When paying admission at one museum, visitors will receive a “two for one” voucher to use at the other location.
Following its run in Massachusetts, Beyond Midnight will travel to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.
Beyond Midnight is made possible by: